Rui-De Xue

Rui-De Xue
Anastasia Mosquito Control District, FLorida, USA

Ph.D.

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Introduction
Biology and control of mosquitoes, evaluation of insect repellents, insecticide formulations, and population surveillance and control new technology, tools, and methods.
Additional affiliations
November 2013 - December 2021
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
October 1993 - April 2003
United States Department of Agriculture
Position
  • Researcher
January 1989 - September 1991
Beijing Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Education
October 1985 - December 1988
Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
Field of study
  • Medical Parasitology and Entomology
September 1978 - August 1981
Shanxi Medical University
Field of study
  • Medical Parasitology and Entomology

Publications

Publications (244)
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The use of arthropod repellents is an important personal protective measure against vector-borne diseases. For contact repellents, the recommendation to apply repellents to all exposed skin could be relaxed if the repellent exhibits spatial repellency. In 2019, we evaluated four contact repellents containing a mixture of geraniol and soybean natura...
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A field study was conducted to test bifenthrin as a barrier treatment for its residual effects on adult mosquitoes Aedes albopictus and honey bees Apis mellifera in Gainesville, Florida. Plant foliage was treated with an American LongRay misting sprayer machine at the label rate of 0.318 mL/ m². Treated plant leaves were then collected at 24 hr, on...
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Eleven different carbohydrates were evaluated to determine the behavioral response of adult Anopheles quadrimaculatus Say and Aedes albopictus Skuse using an olfactometer. The carbohydrates used in the study are arabinose, fructose, glucose, maltose, melezitose, meliniose, raffinose, rhamnose, sucrose, trehalose, and turanose. The results showed th...
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Mosquito control programs are utilizing cost-effective long-term autocidal traps targeting the gravid population of container-inhabiting and other mosquito species, with the aim of reducing vector populations and disease transmission risk. In this field study we directly compared the efficacy of the Autocidal Gravid Ovitrap (AGO) and In2Care mosqui...
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An essential-oil adulticide formulation. BigShot Maxim Concentrate (14% cedarwood oil, 0.53% thyme oil, and 0.25% cinnamon oil), was evaluated using a wind tunnel against pyrethroid resistant (Puerto Rico, PR) and pyrethroid susceptible (Orlando, ORL) colony-reared strains of Aedes aegypti to determine whether the product could be used in operation...
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Journal of the Florida Mosquito Control Association Vol. 69, 2022 published 2Opinio & Forum, 6 articles, and 6 Scientific and Operation Notes. The journal has been published at the FMCA website at www.yourFMCA.org and online at https//journals.flvc.org/jfmca Each article will has their DOI.
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The experimental piperidine compounds 1-(3-cyclohexen-1-ylcarbonyl)-2-methylpiperidine (AI3-37220), 1-(3-cyclohexen-1-ylcarbonyl) piperidine (AI3-35765), and N, N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide (DEET) were evaluated for the persistence of repellency against laboratory-reared Aedes albopictus Skuse and Culex nigripalpus Theobald using a modified dose-per...
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Four novel commercial insecticide mixtures, composed of pyrethroid and nicotinoid active ingredients, were evaluated in a series of experiments in the laboratory, semi-field and field to determine acute toxicity (LC50) against pyrethroid-susceptible (ORL1952) and resistant (Puerto Rico) strains of Aedes aegypti L., and non-target adult European hon...
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Application of permethrin products by ultra-low volume (ULV) spraying against the container-inhabiting mosquito Aedes albopictus (Skuse) has been used for many years, but the impact of the insecticides on domesticated honey bees, Apis mellifera (Linnaeus) is still lacking. The present study was carried out to evaluate the impact of the permethrin p...
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The use of synthetic insecticides has been the main approach in mosquito control programs (MCPs) to prevent or reduce mosquito populations. The global problem of insecticide resistance and the concern of environmental impacts of synthetic insecticides have resulted in the interest of botanicals as an alternative. In this study, the botanical produc...
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The establishment of action thresholds is becoming critical in mosquito control management to implement effective proactive control measures using limited available resources. As a part of a large-scale study to identify different mosquito control action thresholds used in different geographical regions, we conducted an initial survey to identify m...
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The chapter discusses the importance of ticks in public health and the extent of threats posed by tick-borne diseases to the wellbeing of humans. The history of tick control efforts highlights various developments over the years from monitoring tick populations to the development and use of tick repellents and control strategies. Different evaluati...
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Mosquito-borne illnesses such as malaria and dengue fever continue to cause harm and death to humans on a global scale. Prevention of arthropod bites is one of the most basic defense strategies to prevent the transmission of pathogens, which occurs when an arthropod takes a blood-meal through its bite. Prevention of bites is dependent upon effectiv...
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The field release of Wolbachia trans-infected male mosquitoes, as well as the use of toxic sugar baits, is a novel and promising candidate technique for integrated mosquito management programs. However, the methods of action of the two techniques may not be complementary, because the Wolbachia method releases mosquitoes into the environment expecti...
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Rice cultivation is important in China with over 29.33 million hm² of rice fields, producing 28.9% of rice yields worldwide. Rice fields are mass breeding sites for mosquitoes with approximately 40 mosquito species found breeding amongst them. Anopheles sinensis, Anopheles lesteri, and Culex tritaeniorhynchus are the three main species that are fou...
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There are several kinds of commercial traps available in the market for surveillance and control of female mosquitoes. Usually these traps target only hostseeking or gravid individuals but not both. This study examined whether CDC gravid, BG-Bowl, and a fan-operated CDC-autocidal gravid ovitrap, each baited with a BG lure and southern live oak (Que...
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The Anastasia Mosquito Control District (AMCD) of St. Johns County (SJC), St. Augustine, Florida, USA, was formed in 1948 to cover the 27 km2 of Anastasia Island and control the black salt marsh mosquito, Aedes taeniorhynchus (Wiedemann). Today AMCD covers the entirety of SJC (1588 km2) and Ae. taeniorhynchus is still the most abundant mosquito spe...
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Attractive toxic sugar baits (ATSB) are a novel and effective mosquito control tool based on sugar-feeding behaviors and oral ingestion. In general, there is a demand from consumers for more novel control products with more effective active ingredients. Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (BTi) is a major larvicide for control of mosquito larvae. Th...
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The purpose of this study was to perform descriptive and inferential analyses to better understand the presence of the abundant mosquito species Aedes atlanticus and Aedes infirmatus in St. Johns County, northeastern Florida. Historical surveillance data (2010-2019) obtained from Anastasia Mosquito Control District of St. Johns County, St. Augustin...
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Sterile insect technique (SIT) using irradiated mosquitoes is an effective control method capable of being assimilated into integrated vector management (IVM) programs. Chemical control of mosquitoes using ultra-low volume (ULV) spray applications of pyrethroid and organophosphate insecticides is already an essential component of IVM programs. Prio...
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Six insecticide active ingredients (AIs) and five commercial insecticide formulations were applied by topical application and onto filter paper strips to determine differential toxicity to Aedes aegypti (L.) and Apis mellifera (L.), and to evaluate their potential use in future insecticide resistance monitoring surveys. For topical application, 0.1...
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Mosquito monitoring traps (i.e., CDC light traps) are crucial tools for basic vector ecology research, risk assessment, and vector control programs. Unfortunately, they are expensive which is often an issue in projects conducted in developing countries. Therefore, it would be desirable to have reliable but inexpensive alternatives based on existing...
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The performance of the three-part mosquito lure ATRAKTA (1-octen-3-ol, ammonium bicarbonate, and lactic acid) was evaluated in two DynaTrap commercial mosquito traps (models DT160 and DT700) as well as in one model of CDC trap (model 512). Lures were evaluated fresh from the factory, after being aged in functioning traps under field conditions, and...
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Spatial repellents (SR), include pyrethroid insecticides that are highly volatile at low temperatures and with high lethal activities against mosquitoes, mainly Aedes vectors of arboviral diseases. Of these SR, metofluthrin is widely used in various devices for repellent consumer products. This article reports the susceptibility status of Ae. aegyp...
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Mosquito Control programs are utilizing cost-effective long term autocidal gravid traps because they minimize labor needs while targeting the gravid population of container-breeding mosquitoes. This field study compared the efficacy of the In2Care Mosquito Trap and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention autocidal gravid ovitrap (CDC-AGO). T...
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A solvent orange oil has been used to mix with permethrin and PBO as a commercial adulticide product called Aqualure® 20-20 for control of adult mosquitoes. The orange oil at 2.7% and 3.5% sprayed by three backpack sprayers, Hudson battery operated sprayer modified with a Solo nozzle, hand pump sprayer Solo-425, and Birchmeire battery operated spra...
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D-allethrin vapor generated from a personal mosquito repellent device (Thermacell MR300) was evaluated for its effectiveness to repel the lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum (adults and nymphs) when released at tick body level in a wind tunnel and in an olfactometer. In the wind tunnel 48.5% of ticks moved upwind when only attractant lure was pres...
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Mosquito larval control has been conducted by various chemicals and biological agents to reduce mosquito population and mosquito-borne diseases. The larvicidal efficacy of Copper sulphate pentahydrate (CuSO 4 ·5H 2 O) on Aedes aegypti, Culex quinquefasciatus and Anopheles quadrimaculatus was evaluated separately in the laboratory and semi-field con...
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Journal of the Florida Mosquito Control Association, Vol. 68, 2021 published one forum, 10 research articles, and 4 operation and scientific notes. This volume does not include the FMCA annual meeting abstracts due to COVID-19 pandemic and the FMCA only held annual business meeting in middle of November without scientific paper submission in 2020.
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Background Application methods of |Attractive Toxic Sugar Baits (ATSB) need to be improved for wide-scale use, and effects on non-target organisms (NTOs) must be assessed. The goals of this study were to determine, at the village level, the effect of different configurations of bait stations to (1) achieve < 25% Anopheles mosquito vector daily feed...
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Background The stay-at-home orders imposed in early April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in various states complicated mosquito control activities across the United States (US), and Florida was no exception. Mosquito control programs are the first line of defense against mosquito-borne pathogens. The purpose of this study was to examine the capa...
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Florida faces the challenge of repeated introduction and autochthonous transmission of arboviruses transmitted by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus . Empirically-based predictive models of the spatial distribution of these species would aid surveillance and vector control efforts. To predict the occurrence and abundance of these species, we fit a...
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Field development for optimizing the use patterns of spatial repellents are an ongoing research need. To investigate volatile pyrethroids in blends containing multiple active ingredients, metofluthrin was formulated into a vegetation spray for application to foliage and mosquito harborage. Metofluthrin was compared by itself and in combination with...
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Permethrin is one of the few active ingredients found in commercial adulticides available for adult mosquito control. The permethrin concentrations in the adulticide Aqualuer 20-20 formulation stored in the 21 ultra-lowvolume (ULV) truck-mounted spray tanks after 4, 6, and 8 months were sampled and analyzed by gas chromatography mass spectroscopy (...
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After unsuccessful eradication attempts against Aedes aegypti (L.) following a sudden re-emergence in St. Augustine, Florida in early 2016; a new locally acquired colony strain of Ae. aegypti was established at the Anastasia Mosquito Control District (AMCD) in June 2017. Aedes aegypti adults were maintained in cages at the AMCD insectary. Larval an...
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A thorough understanding of the local mosquito fauna is required to develop effective mosquito abatement programs and assess risk of arbovirus transmission in an area. Although many mosquito control districts routinely survey adult populations of mosquitoes, few studies address trap bias, attractant bias, and the sampling effort needed to fully des...
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The present research aimed to evaluate the larvicidal activity of several recently discovered natural repellents formulated in lotions against larvae of Aedes aegypti. We used a modified larval bioassay method by the World Health Organization standards in evaluating larval mortality at 24-, 48-, and 72-h exposure. Among the test repellents, 2-undec...
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Gravid traps are an important tool in mosquito surveillance for the collection of gravid female mosquitoes that can be screened for arboviruses. The type of infusion water used is vital in targeting certain mosquito species, especially the West Nile vector, Culex quinquefasciatus Say. The gold standard of infusions is a whey protein mixture but is...
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The CDC light trap has been the standard used by mosquito control programs to conduct mosquito and arbo-virus surveillance. For the last two decades, this trap has been used with little to no modifications to its original design. Recently, new traps that utilize different light sources, modified designs, and attractants have been developed and eval...
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Thirteen botanical product repellent compounds such as 2-undecanone, capric, lauric, coconut fatty acids (and their methyl ester derivatives), and catnip oil were formulated in either Coppertone or Aroma Land lotions and evaluated against laboratory-reared Aedes aegypti L. (Diptera: Culicidae) mosquitoes. These formulations contained 7-15 wt/wt of...
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Background Attractive Toxic Sugar Baits (ATSBs) successfully reduced Anopheles mosquito vector populations and malaria parasite transmission in Mali but application methods need to be improved for wide-scale use, and minimization of effects on non-target organisms (NTOs) must be assessed. The goals of this study were to determine on a village level...
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Home 1515 updates Questions Jobs 1 Asghar Add new Article Full-text available New tool for invasive mosquito control - Scientific Note Semi-field evaluation of a modified commercial My Mosquito Deleter larval trap with sticky paper against Aedes aegypti July 2020Journal of Vector Ecology Vol. 45, no.2(December 2020):1-2 Project: Innovative Vector...
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Background The national wide lockdown order imposed in early April 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak has complicated mosquito control activities across the United States (US), and Florida is no exception. Mosquito control districts and public health programs are the first line of defense against mosquitoes-borne pathogens in the state of Florida. T...
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Background: The national wide lockdown order imposed in early April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic complicated mosquito control activities across the United States (US), and Florida is no exception. Mosquito control programs are the first line of defense against mosquitoes-borne pathogens in the state of Florida. The purpose of this study was to...
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Background Attractive Toxic Sugar Baits (ATSBs) successfully reduced Anopheles mosquito vector populations and malaria parasite transmission in Mali, but application methods need to be improved for wide-scale use, and effects on non-target organisms (NTOs) must be assessed. The goals of this study were to determine on a village level the effect of...
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The JFMCA (Journal of the Florida Mosquito Control Association) Vol 67, 2020 published 7 research articles, 7 scientific and operation notes, and submitted abstracts of the 91st annual meeting of the FMCA. The Journal has been published once a year.
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Current methods of broad area application of contact insecticides used in mosquito control are becoming less effective, primarily due to resistance within mosquito populations. New methods that can deliver ingestible insecticides are being investigated as a means to mitigate resistance. This study evaluated insecticide delivery through toxic sugar...
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Major flooding occurred throughout St. John's County, FL, from Hurricane Matthew on October 8, 2016, and Hurricane Irma on September 11, 2017. The flooding caused mosquito population outbreaks in the middle of October in 2016 and September in 2017. Due to the mosquito population outbreaks, Anastasia Mosquito Control District (AMCD) received >3,500...
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Effective and efficient surveillance systems are key for preventing arthropod-borne diseases. We examined the capacity of Florida mosquito control districts (both state-approved and open programs, n = 90; 48.9% response rate). Questions centered on budgets, staffing levels, equipment, vector control measures, and staff perceptions of own agency's c...
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Background: The aim of this field trial was to evaluate the efficacy of attractive toxic sugar baits (ATSB) in Mali, where sustained malaria transmission occurs despite the use of long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs). ATSB bait stations were deployed in seven of 14 similar study villages, where LLINs were already in widespread use. The combined...
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Spatial repellent studies have demonstrated that volatile pyrethroids reduce human contact with mosquitoes, but field trials targeting the volatile qualities of spatial repellent pyrethroids for integrated pest management are lacking. To investigate the stability and utility of volatile pyrethroids in mosquito management, metofluthrin was formulate...
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A slow release, solid formulation of Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti)-Mosquito Dunks® was evaluated for its effectiveness in controlling of dengue vectors in Sri Lanka. A small-scale simulation field study showed a high effectiveness of 98–100% mortality at 15 days post-treatment and the mortality rate started to drop down by 30 days post-t...
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Bioassays of three permethrin products against mosquitoes
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The semi-field test was conducted in present study to explore the effect of spraying the mixture of adulticide Aqualuer 20-20 t active ingredientN permethrina and larvicide Altosid  aiN t Sa-methoprene a with backpack ULV sprayer against larvae and adult of Culex quinquefasciatus. The adult mortality 2 h after treatment with Aqualuer 20-20 Aqual...
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Journal of the Florida Mosquito Control Association, Vol. 66, 2019 published 11 research articles and submitted abstracts of the 90th annual meeting.
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Testing behavioral response to insecticidal volatiles requires modifications to the existing designs of olfactometers. To create a testing apparatus in which there is no chemical memory to confound tests, we detail the technical aspects of a new tool with design influences from other olfactometry tools. In addition, this new tool was used to evalua...
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Despite the efforts in reducing vector densities, outbreaks of dengue fever have become a frequent event in Sri Lanka. As explained by dengue transmission dynamics, vector control activities intensified at peak or near peak outbreak situations would not be successful in controlling the outbreaks. A reliable method of outbreak prediction is always w...
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Background Current tools and strategies are not sufficient to reliably address threats and outbreaks of arboviruses including Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever. Hence there is a growing public health challenge to identify the best new control tools to use against the vector Aedes aegypti. In this study, we investigated Ae. aegypti sugar f...
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A novel rotator trap was evaluated to determine the diel activity patterns and physiological state of adult female mosquitoes in St. Augustine, FL, U.S.A. Culex nigripalpus were most active from 19:00‐21:00, followed by 1:00‐3:00, based on collections from the novel rotator trap. Furthermore, analysis of the physiological state of female mosquitoes...
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The 00ZZZero® trap (0Z) is a small black plastic container with permethrin and pyriproxyfen, designed and marketed to both attract and kill gravid Aedes mosquitoes (unmodified trap ([UMT] or modified trap [MT]). The 0Z trap without the insecticide was modified with addition of a sticky paper, coated with an adhesive glue (MT) and evaluated for coll...